Bakery inspected, cleared following salmonella poisonings

​Betta Maid’s bakery at Unanderra was temporarily shut yesterday, with the company applying for and passing a re-inspection related to salmonella.

Betta Maid’s
bakery at Unanderra was temporarily shut yesterday, with the company applying
for and passing a re-inspection related to a salmonella outbreak in local aged
care centres.

The Illawarra Mercury reports that the NSW Food Authority issued a prohibition
order against Betta Maid, which the company said related to a gap in the site’s
roller door and potential access by pests.

‘‘We are
really proud of our operation and proud to be in the Illawarra where we have
serviced the community for pushing 30years and never had a food safety incident,’’
the company’s food safety officer Anthony Peart told the Illawarra Mercury. He
said the issue had been fixed and operations resumed on the same day.

The
inspection was part of the NSW Food Authority’s investigations into suppliers
of aged care service providers IRT.

There have
been two deaths from an outbreak of an “unusual strain” of salmonella in the
Illawarra, reported The Canberra Times earlier this week. There were 26 cases
of salmonella poisoning in NSW and the ACT identified by NSW Health.

Betta Maid
supplies meat pies, potato pies, sausage rolls and other baked goods to IRT.

Peart said
these were fully baked and reheated at aged care facilities, and need to be
cooked twice.

“The
likelihood of Betta Maid products being the source of the outbreak are very
remote,” he said.

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